Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom #1)
Devon Monk has given us a world where magic exists, but it's not a pretty world. There are steep prices for using magic of any sort, and as always, there are ways to circumvent the system. Allie's gift allows her to track those that would wish to hide their magical doings. She prefers to go her own way, forgetting the blood she shares with the man who made harnessing magic possible - her father.
When the story opens it's Allie's birthday, and she's determined to do something nice for her...more
Allie knows all about magic's price. At least she would, if she could only remember. After all, her father and his wealthy corporation have their fingers in all the magic 'pies' in the world. And she was all set to follow in t...more
All right, y'all, now here's the thing; I read this series before I was on here and didn't go into it with the same thought process I have now. That doesn't mean that I love this series any less, it just means that I can admit that there are issues with this book that I hadn't really paid attention to before. This book has that First Book Syndrome, and Allie makes some questionable decisions, but this remains one of my favorite series.
The story is set in a world like ours, but unlike ours, magi...more
This is not a nice world, it feels dirty, and the...more
For the first book in a series, Monk crafted a well thought out world of magic and power. The price of magic was physical aliment which made sense. The story had a nice flow & was well written. World building never bogged down the story as a whole which was impressive. It never suffered from First Book Syndrome.
My main issue with this book was the lead, Allie. While the character had a lot of p...more
This one left me really, really wanting to continue reading Allie's story but it also gave me a sense of renewal and fresh start; like a whole new chapter of her story will open with the next book.
I really like the sweet...more
I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy the rest of this series. Allie is a fantastic (if sometimes a little stupid) heroine who is always up for a fight. I love that she refused to back down no matter what and that she constantly fought for others.
The world that this book is set in is just amazing, and unique amongst all the urban fantasy I've read. While magic is there to use, it uses you right back, often making it dangerous to perform certain types if magic. For Alli...more
I didn't like that it switched from A's 1st person pov to third person pov for Cody. It was a little jarring. But then I felt so bad for Cody I did like his scene. I just don't like how it goes from 1st to 3rd person.
This is set in Portland which I enjoy, since I live in Portland. However I have a higher opinion of Saint Johns than the author does.
Some of the phrasing is weird to me, like: "My mouth watered so hard I had to swallow." some...more
I had a hard time putting this one down. The story completely sucked me in from the very beginning. What a refreshingly, unique and interesting take on magic! I think the author did an excellent job of painting a vivid world for the reader.
I really like the MC personality. Allie is strong willed and sarcastic with a great sense of humor. I also enjoyed the parts from Cody's perspective. I hope he continues to have a large part in future books.
The bad guy was kind of…..Meh. I think that...more
This was book #1 in the Allie Beckstrom series. As an urban fantasy novel, I thought it was good enough to keep me interested with its unique interprettation of magic. The mystery element was okay too. But that was about it.
Allie Beckstrom, was the heroine of the story. She was a magic user, and the only child of a business tycoon. However, she was estranged from her father and she went on to live a very separate life of her own (bordering on poverty). She took on the profession of "Hound...more
I give Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk 4/5 stars.
The novel, Magic to the Bone, really took me by surprise as well as this review. I had previous planned to write a review every two novels, seeing as how there are around eight books in the series. However, I found myself dying to talk about this novel.
Magic to the Bone:
Magic to the Bone takes place in a world that has been deteriorating from over excessive magic use for the past three decades....more
I've had this sitting on my virtual book shelf for literally years. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to get round to reading it but I'm glad I did. This is a very strong beginning to what looks like a very good UF series.
The world building is quite hefty but that's to be expected in the first book of a fantasy series. The idea of magic being a new consumer item was very refreshing in a genre full of secret societies and ancient rites. There is...more
Allie Beckstrom is Hound. She hunts down those who illegally use magic - usually by downloading the pain/illness of using magic onto an innocent person. The story s...more
I'm also clearly getting older and crankier by the second, because I'm finding more and more often t...more
MAGIC TO THE BONE is set in an alternate Ame...more
That's the "five-star" part of the book, and if it's all you care about snap this one up.
Unfortunately, the book also has...more
Devon Monk is casting a spell on the fantasy world...
Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it’s Allison Beckstrom’s job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune—and the strings that come with it. But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father’s signature all over it, Al
It’s a unique setting: 21st century Earth, after the scientific discovery of magic. Magic can be collected like oil or electricity, and stored; when they use magic people don’t pull it from within, but from their surroundings, and every city now has cisterns of magic gathered from storms. And every use of magic has an effect on the user, which you can if you try mitigate by setting up a Disbursement. The effects on Allie...more
There is a great plot here, though. What's most masterful is the complex way in which this book leads to others. We leave the book with a sense of something cataclysmic gathering in the future of this series, but only hints and scattered pieces. It definitely makes me curious about where...more
Angry, she departs with the promise that she will make him pay. But the next day, after visiting her father, he was found dead in his office,...more
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